Derek Malone-France is an Associate Professor of Religion, of Philosophy, and of Writing. He is also Director of GW's Peace Studies Program and founding Co-Director of GW’s French Embassy Center of Excellence, as well as a member of GW’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers (for which he served as the Inaugural Chair from August 2012-August 2014). Derek’s research and teaching areas include: peace and conflict (current area/national focus: Colombia and Venezuela), philosophy of religion, metaphysics and epistemology, the philosophical and religious implications of astrobiology and human space exploration, political and legal philosophy, political and religious rhetoric, and educational theory and practice. He received a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Wofford College in 1995. He received his doctorate in Philosophy of Religion and Theology from the School of Religion at the Claremont Graduate University in 2001. Prior to coming to GW, he spent four years as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and an Instructor in the Philosophy and Political Science Departments at Duke University, where he was awarded a Trinity College Distinguished Teaching Award in 2004. He also served for two years as Associate Director of Duke’s Center for Teaching, Learning, and Writing. At GW, Derek has been awarded the Morton A. Bender Prize for excellence in undergraduate teaching (2008) and a University Service Collaborative Excellence Award (2013).
Derek is the author of two monographs: Deep Empiricism: Kant, Whitehead, and the Necessity of Philosophical Theism; and Faith, Fallibility, and the Virtue of Anxiety: An Essay in Religion and Political Liberalism, which was shortlisted as a finalist for the American Academy of Religion’s 2013 prize for Best Constructive-Reflective Work in the Study of Religion. He is also the editor of a two-volume anthology titled: Political Dissent—A Global Reader, Vol. 1: Ancient to Early Modern Sources & Vol. 2: Modern Sources. And he has published numerous scholarly articles on topics ranging from the formal logical implications of everyday linguistic structures to the politics of the International Criminal Court.
Outside of GW, Derek has served as the Lead Organizer for the Blumberg Dialogues in Astrobiology and Human Society, jointly sponsored by NASA and the Library of Congress, as well as Director of Academic Design for the NASA Astrobiology Debates, a multi-year series of national and international middle school-, high school-, and college-level debate tournaments and speech competitions. He is a founding member of the Editorial Board for the Bedford Spotlight Series in Composition and Rhetoric at Bedford-St. Martin’s Press. He is an elected Research Member of the International Whitehead Research Project. And he is a member of the scholarly Advisory Board for METI, International (the Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence initiative).